“There is no underestimating how important ritual is for loved ones,” explains Barbara J Hopkinson. “Having memorials, releasing balloons (as shown on the video) or butterflies, or just bringing flowers to the grave.

There are no rules here; just do whatever works best for you and your family or what you think your child in spirit would like. No need for a memorial event to be elaborate or expensive; just something meaningful to you.

I even brought my son’s favorite ice cream sandwich flavor to his grave and let it melt there while I shared my lunch with him on his birthday.  Whatever makes you feel good and more connected, or what honors them — is what counts. 


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